Red Rocks / Dakota Ridge

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6
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↑ 1,500 ft
↓ 1,300 ft
6,062
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From the parking lot, cross CO 26, and ascend the jeep road that you will see on the east. Follow for 3 miles. This section of trail is called Dakota Ridge. A couple of tough climbs, but mostly just riding the ridge. Lot\'s of slick rock. (pretty technical) You can see Denver to the left, and Red Rocks Park to the right. After descending down from the ridge, you will cross a small road over to the Red Rocks Trail which is also 3 miles. Red Rocks trail is totally different from the Dakota ridge....much greener and smoother. It\'s mostly a single track dirt trail. A couple of climbs, but not bad at all. This is not nearly as technical, and the scenery is amazing. You will be riding through towering red rocks and beautiful shrubbery. This trail loops back up to the parking area. So you have a 6 mile loop with slick rock, desert, sand, red rock, single track, beautiful scenery, and skill levels for everyone. (less skilled or in shape riders might want to do just the red rock side, which is still great fun!!)
added by Guest December 31, 2002
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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October 19, 2014
 
Review: Awesome trail! Very challenging.

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June 14, 2014
 
Review: I did a loop of Red Rocks and Dakota Ridge. It was an okay ride. Dakota Ridge which is the Hogback adjacent to Red Rocks has some great views but its very rocky and had alot of logs also. You are constantly braking, not my cup of tea. But If you love ripping over rocks this is a nice loop.

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May 27, 2014
 
Review: Don't ride the ridge after a rain storm, the red clay on the climb on the other side of 26 is brutal. The clay stuck in my tire and stopped the wheel from turning. Highly recommend riding it backwards from the red rock trail across 26. The water dams and terrain is much easier in that direction. Don't get me wrong you will need your A game on this ride no matter the direction.

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May 16, 2014
 
Review: Had a ton of fun on this trail. There were some muddy and sandy parts from the rain but it just added to the fun. We didn't get to hit Dakota Ridge because there was a detour and we couldn't figure out their directions...

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April 5, 2014
 
Review: Great trail very technical. The lower half of Dakota Ridge is closed south of Alameda Pkwy. There is a lot of thick mud that cakes your tires making it hard to ride now but will be great once it dries.

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March 7, 2014
 
Review: Rode Dakota Ridge a few weeks ago on my hard tail 29er, first time up there and emphasized my desire to upgrade to full squish. It was super challenging on what was a light, XC geometry bike. Really, head angle much too steep to comfortably descend many of the drops. However, as much as I walked it I had an intense desire to conquer this trail. It's a technicians dream, and can be downhill/enduro centric. Fast forward 2 weeks, was able to source a year old frame to build up a full suspension bike. This is a trail review, but I have to say, Dakota was so much more enjoyable on a bike that was easier to pedal through the tough sections. Wow, and active braking, didn't know what the felt like. I probably still walked a good portion of the trail, but did 100% better than my first time. If you are looking for a technical challenge, and are confident enough for some fairly steep rocky descents, then Dakota is for you Not a beginner trail, definitely advanced. It earns it's black diamond rating for sure. Rode it both directions last night because of previous snowfall, Red Rocks was not rideable. Going northbound on Dakota is quite a lot of hike-a-bike, but is fun as well. Again, not for the faint of heart. Enjoy!

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January 17, 2013
 
Review: Winter Update: Zorro is mostly dirt and there is little snow on top of Hogback. Red Rocks and MW have mostly dirt at the bottom sections of the trail and packed powder near parts of the top on the north and western sides. I would not ride this w/o a fatbike at the moment.

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September 23, 2012
 
Review: Not sure why it took me so long to ride this one - I've been missing out. Yes, more than a little hike-a-bike, but fun-technical and slabby. The Red Rocks side is a lot tamer, but still fun. I passed through the Red Rocks Trailhead right before a Furthur show and was overwhelmed by the competing scents of weed, patchouli and human excrement. Secondhand buzz starting kicking in making the initial Red Rocks climb a little more manageable.

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September 16, 2012
 
Review: The hogback section of this trail is rocky and rough as Hell. If you can clean it, you're badass. It would be a better run. The red rock section is cool, fast, and a bit rocky.

Similar Trail: The most technical sections of Waldo Canyon.

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June 6, 2012
 
Review: I loved this trail so much we returned to it for our last trail of a 2 week mountain biking trip in Colorado. Sweet drops and technical climbs with lovely flowy sections in between. It'll be the first trail I do with I return to Denver!

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Red Rocks / Dakota Ridge MTB Trail 4.27 out of 5 based on 58 ratings. 58 user reviews.
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